From First Monday, a special issue on understanding social media monopolies, including Jodi Dean (HWS): Society Doesn't Exist. Bernie Hogan (Oxford): Pseudonyms and the Rise of the Real-Name Web. Margot E. Kaminski (Yale): Real Masks and Real Name Policies: Applying Anti-Mask Case Law to Anonymous Online Speech. Laura Lagone (Fordham): The Right to Be Forgotten: A Comparative Analysis. How a social network dies: Robert McMillan on the Friendster autopsy. Simon Kuper on how social media improved writing: Texts, blogs, emails and Facebook posts are affecting other kinds of writing — mostly for the good. Joseph Stromberg on how a computer program can learn all about you from just your Facebook likes. Smart technology and the sort of big data available to social networking sites are helping police target crime before it happens — but is this ethical? Social media is just too disruptive, according to a prominent jihadist theoretician — it's killing off the traditional jihadi web forum.
From The National Interest, is liberal interventionism dead? John Allen Gay wants to know; Naazneen Barma, Ely Ratner, and Steven Weber on the mythical liberal order; Leon Hadar on the arrogance of universal democracy; and lessons from the British Empire: Jordan Michael Smith reviews Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin. Andrew Hobbs reviews The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture by Jared Gardner. Brad Plumer on eight facts about terrorism in the United States. Institutional Investor’s alpha is out with its annual ranking (The Rich List) of top hedge fund earners, which always provokes meditation on our upper class — Doug Henwood on money porn. Jonathan Chait on how America’s crappy political system killed background checks (and more). Don't like what happened to the gun bill? Blame the Senate, not just the senators.
Carl F. Minzner (Fordham): China at the Tipping Point? The Turn Against Legal Reform. Peter K. Yu (Drake): Five Oft-repeated Questions About China's Recent Rise as a Patent Power. From the latest issue of Dissent, a special section on China. Will the Chinese be supreme? Ian Johnson reviews Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance by Arvind Subramanian, The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy by Edward N. Luttwak, and Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad. Superpower: An insight into the growth era of China. Zhang Jun and Gary H. Jefferson on China’s hidden democratization. China says it is improving the lives of ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia — don't be fooled. Is China’s one-child policy really to blame for personality changes? An interview with James McGann on the 2012 Go To Report and Chinese think tanks.
From TNR, did our founders' lack of foresight doom gun control? Alec MacGillis on the tyranny of small states in the undemocratic Senate; and the gun-control push basically died — could the president have done anything to have it turn out differently? The IMF is now among the leading advocates of easy money and avoiding excessive austerity — it is quite a reversal. Is capitalism moral? Steven Pearlstein on the free market vs. the welfare state. Shut up savers: James Surowiecki on the myth of the “war on savers”. Heroes are never in short supply in a catastrophe, of course, but neither are cowards and egoists and creeps who have decided to wallow in melodrama and fear, restless miserablists whose only mile-markers in life are the tragedies that have befallen them. Pretty please politicize the Boston Marathon bombing. The National Digital Public Library has been launched.
From The Philosophers Magazine, Hilary Lawson on going back to big thinking in philosophy; and captive audience: Alan Smith on the highs and lows of teaching philosophy in prison. Is there any connection between philosophy and running? Mark Rowlands, who began running to exercise his pet wolf, thinks there is. Dead philosophers are cool: Paula Cerni reviews Philosophy Bites Back by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. Justin E. H. Smith on Immanuel Kant and his man-servant Lampe. Colin McGinn has no time for interviews because he’s too busy writing his books, practicing his backhand and doing the philosophical stuff. Jay Jeffers on philosophy as conceptual border patrol. A year of Praxis: Steven Mazie on what philosophy teaches us about politics, rationality and the pursuit of happiness. Michael Pereira reviews Philosophy in Children’s Literature. If you’re not that familiar with PhiLOLZophy, here’s a description.